Shooting etiquette is a combination of common sense, consideration and safety. If this is your first hunt, it may seem a bit daunting, but following basic etiquette will ensure that your behavior is adequate.
What to wear
When hunting upland birds, you must wear blaze orange. Acceptable items are: hat, coat, coveralls, sweatshirt and vests. Blaze orange, also known as safety orange, is an extremely bright color that is not found in nature. Wearing this color can make you stand out to the other hunters and could potentially save lives. Aside from the appropriate clothing, ear protection and safety glasses are highly recommended.
Baggenstoss Farms has guns available for rent. $50 for a full day and $35 for a half-day. Brands include Beretta, Benelli and Browning. If you prefer to shoot with your own gun, that is permitted as well.
The shooting itself
Obey the guide’s instructions entirely. They are there to keep everything as safe as possible. Before loading your gun, check both barrels are clear. Additionally, make certain that you have the right cartridges for the weapon. When you close your gun, make sure you keep the barrels pointing down. When walking, always break your gun, and ensure the barrels are pointing earthward. Only ever shoot when you can see clear sky around and behind the bird. Lastly, if there is any doubt, do not shoot.
Lunch is provided by Baggenstoss Farms. When you check-in you will pick out your meal and it will be delivered during the lunch break.
Respect your hunting companions. Never shoot towards woods or hedges where the beaters could be. It is poor form to shoot a bird at very close range or too far away. If you’re a skilled shooter, be generous and let your neighbor have opportunities. Lastly, if you’re having an off day, don’t sweat it and stay optimistic!
Although leaving before the last drive seems like the ideal way to end a long hunt, it comes across as selfish. Stay until the end of the hunt, help out and part happily. Giving the guide ‘thank you’, whether it be in person, over the phone, text or written, is the appropriate way to show gratitude to your guide.
It is etiquette to help your fellow hunters pick up their birds once the hunt is over, and treat all quarry with respect. It is common for all the birds to be laid out at the end of the day for the sportsmen to honor them.
Gifts and tips
Many guests will tip your guide at the end of the day. If you had an exceptional hunt, tip a larger amount.